Contents: Locating and dislocating value. A pragmatic approach to early modern and 19th-century economic practices, Bert de Munck and Dries Lyna. Part I Expanding Markets and Market Devices: Labelling with numbers? Weavers, merchants and the valuation of linen in 17th-century Munster, Christof Jeggle; Words of value? Art auctions and semiotic socialization in the Austrian Netherlands (1750-1794), Dries Lyna; From a 'knowledgeable' salesman towards a 'recognizable' product? Questioning branding strategies before industrialization (Antwerp, 17th to 19th centuries), Ilja Van Damme; Golden touchstones? The culture of auctions of paintings in Brussels, 1830-1900, Anneleen Arnout. Part II Conventions, Material Culture, and Institutions: The justness of aestimatio and the justice of transactions. Defining real estate values in early modern Milan, Michela Barbot; Vehicles of disinterested pleasure: French painting and non-remunerative value in the 18th century, Tomas Macsotay; Usefulness, ornamental function and novelty: debates on quality in button and buckle manufacturing in northern Italy (18th to 19th centuries), Barbara Bettoni. Part III The Old and the New: Facon de Venise: determining the value of glass in early modern Europe, Corine Maitte; The veneer of age: valuing the patina of silver in 18th-century Britain, Helen Clifford; The value of a collection: collecting practices in early modern Europe, Adriana Turpin. Index.
Bert De Munck is a Professor in the Department of History at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. He is a member of the Centre for Urban History at the same university and Director of both the interdisciplinary Urban Studies Institute and the Scientific Research Community (WOG) 'Urban Agency. Setting the Research Agenda of Urban History'. His publications include Innovation and Creativity in Late Medieval and Early Modern European Cities (2014, co-edited with Karel Davids); Gated Communities? Regulating Migration in Early Modern Cities (2012, co-edited with Anne Winter); Technologies of Learning: Apprenticeship in Antwerp from the 15th Century to the End of the Ancien Regime (2007); and Learning on the Shop Floor: Historical Perspectives on Apprenticeship (2007, co-edited with Hugo Soly and Steven L. Kaplan). Dries Lyna is an Assistant Professor of History at the Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands. His areas of interest include the history of urban economies, material culture and art markets of the Low Countries, from the late seventeenth to nineteenth centuries. He has received fellowships and awards from the Fulbright Commission, the Getty Research Institute, the International Economic History Association and the Belgian American Educational Foundation. His publications include Art Auctions and Dealers: The Dissemination of Netherlandish Art during the Ancien Regime (2009, co-edited with Filip Vermeylen and Hans Vlieghe); and Art Crossing Borders: The International Art Market in the Age of Nation States, 1760-1914 (forthcoming, co-edited with Jan Baetens).